Book Review: Everything, Everything – Nicola Yoon

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Name: Everything, Everything
Author: Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: Sept 1, 2015

Synopsis

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.


Book Cover Comments

I’m not sure I still fully grasp the meaning behind the title; I’m getting some of it, not getting the other some of it. But what I really love is the contrast between the two “everythings”. One on stark white background, the other one on a field of blossoming nature.


The Actual Review

I know I chose 3 stars on goodreads, but I’d say this book gets somewhere between a 3.5 and 4. It might be just my mood, and its not like I didn’t like the story, but I guess I didn’t feel super duper excited or hyped by the end. Maybe its also because I’m tired. Sorry Nicola.

I love all the little illustrations by David Yoon that were featured in this book. They were adorable, they added a little innovation and creativitiy into the reading experience of the book, and I must also say the structure of the book is rather more casual than a usual book I read. The book’s format comes in a more episodic way rather than a continuous condense narrative, which at the same time, while I am a little un-used to it, gives a refreshing feeling within books I’ve read.

The book was a fun read, and the romance between Maddy (our heroine) and Olly (the love interest) was so lovely and so intoxicating. Seeing them cutely build up their relationship, starting out with “the boy next door” concept as Maddy tries to go further beyond her house as her love starts to blossom? So sweet. So. Cute.

And yet for a romance novel I don’t think I’ve put a lot of thought emphasis on the romance part. It helps build the plot. It brings out the importance and the power of love, how it drives you good crazy and bad crazy. It makes you wanna do things, break barriers all because you know your heart belongs out there somewhere for someone.

But what I loved about the book, actually, to my surprise as well, was the development and revelation in the familial relationship between Maddy and her mom. This was definitely my favorite relationship-line that went on in the book. Nicola Yoon drops subtle hints throughout the book, and decided to seriously hold off her greatest revelation that she kept churning till the very last (i think) 10%~15% of the book. That was a really good blow. She even made a fake blow to confuse us readers just earlier on in the book, and I really thought it was gonna end one way and it didn’t end that way. And instead, it ended another way.

I love the ending; I can’t spoil it because, you know, spoilers, but I think its the perfect way to end the misery of Maddy, her desire to stay within the house mixed with the desire to see the world beyond her, with Olly being the initial trigger for Maddy to seek just beyond the happiness her mother gives her.


Everything, Everything is a book about Maddy, whose everything might not just be her everything; when everything outside of her everything might just be the everything she has always wanted; when the love of everything starts to become her everything.

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Joanne Lumiere

Joanne is the narcissistic founder of her book blog, Joanne Lumiere. Born and raised in Hong Kong, this 18 year old brat is currently attending college in Los Angeles, and still doesn't know how to read books with sophistication, and yet she runs a blog.

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